How I survived cancer after cancer

Heather-Head-Shot-TempBy Heather Greaves

Reiki Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Holistic Counsellor

Cancer: You are NOT helpless

One of the things that never sat right with me after I had surgery, chemo and radiation was that once those things were over, I was sent home with a kind of a, “Well, best of luck…most likely we will see you again in five years or sooner.”  There was NO discussion by the surgeon, oncologist, radiologists, or my doctor as to recommendations for getting my body healthy and keeping it that way for far longer than five years!  I was just 33 years old for goodness sakes!

This is when I got angry.  I got angry at the system.  I didn’t blame any of those people personally, as I knew that they were doing the best they could within the framework that they were in; and of course, legally allowed to help me within their limited knowledge base. But there was no discussion of my diet or nutrition; no discussion of exercise; no discussion of vitamins, alternative therapies or meditation…NOTHING! I felt helpless and ANGRY! HOW CAN THIS BE THE 21st Century and THIS IS THE BEST OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM HAS TO OFFER! Not good enough.

Thank God my husband was as mad as I was.  We both started searching for information about alternatives.  What are people doing post conventional cancer treatments and surviving? This became my 360 degrees of a life change!  It was literally like someone had opened up a paradigm world that was co-existing with the world of my current life but I was somehow completely ignorant of it.

I believed what I’d been told my whole life, that as long as I exercised at least 20 minutes a day; ate a balanced diet; took a multi vitamin; slept 8 hours a night, I could pretty much avoid ever getting really sick.


That was definitely a good start, but it never accounted for the emotions trapped in my body from several traumatic experiences in my childhood and teenage years; or the cigarettes I had smoked for 10 years; or the drugs and alcohol I had consumed all through my 20’s; not to mention the depression I experienced after my first child’s birth and the stress of managing 500 staff whilst breast feeding; or the lack of nutrients and added sugars and chemicals in the food I was buying at the supermarket; or the hormones and antibiotics in the meat I was eating; or the artificial processes in the dairy I was consuming; or the black mold hidden in the walls of my apartment I was renting; or the heavy mercury in my blood from fillings in my teeth….ALL of these things I learned about were  contributors for breast cancer.  No wonder I got sick!

So I went from mad to sad.  How can all of this stuff be sold to us as ‘normal’ when there are so many people getting sick?  Are we really helpless?  How can our approved medical system not educate people on this stuff?  So many senseless deaths just because people are unaware!

My answer was and is NO!  As long as you are able to breathe, you are capable of making significant changes in your day-to-day life that will absolutely have a positive effect on your life now and in the future!

Yes, exercise daily in whatever way is possible for you. Eat organic, free-range meat (if any meat at all). Drink filtered water without fluoride (I drink at least 3 liters a day). Eat raw vegetables and fruit whenever possible (grow your own). STOP abusing your body by smoking, taking drugs (where possible), and over consuming alcohol (your lymph glands, heart and liver will reward you).

And  take time out for some ME (my energy) 15-30 minutes a day with meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, walking on the beach, or even a nap. If you know you still have unresolved anger or pain locked away that you are avoiding, I guarantee you it will make its way to the surface one way or another, so you are best to tackle it when you have all of your wits about you and not when you are hooked up to a machine in some hospital.  Your life it too precious to let that happen!


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